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It's Not Fair!: Finding Hope When Times Are Tough

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Sometimes things shake us. Sometimes we lose the things that we think are most solid and stable. Sometimes the things that we value—the things we count on for safety and satisfaction—are ripped away from us.

Nothing is more damaging to us spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally than responding to the unpleasant, unwanted, and (in our judgment) undeserved circumstances of life with the "it's not fair" attitude. It eats away at us like cancer or leprosy. It is a killer that destroys our joy, hope, faith, love, and usefulness for Christ.

Knowing God on a deep level—knowing who and what he is and having a knowledge of his character—has great practical value in helping us handle the denials, refusals, and frightening and painful circumstances that we inevitably face in life. Wayne Mack shows us how to keep a true knowledge of God on the front burner of our minds and hearts in order to keep us from responding to the unpleasant and unwanted experiences of life with the thought—and perhaps even the words—"It's not fair."

Table of Contents:

  1. The “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  2. The Omniscience and Wisdom of God and the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  3. The Love of God and the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  4. The Justice of God and the “it’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  5. The Omnipotence and Sovereignty of God and the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  6. The Long View of God’s Justice and the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  7. Important Reminders for Overcoming and Preventing the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome
  8. The Practical Value of a Right View of God versus the “It’s Not Fair” Syndrome


"With wonderful insight and clarity, Wayne Mack explores the difficult issue of how to reconcile God's justice with His sovereignty. He shines the bright light of Scripture on some of the toughest questions of all and then carefully explores the answers in a way that is easy to follow and truly helpful." — John MacArthur

"An honest assessment of how we have allowed contemporary notions of fairness to rule our hearts rather than coming to grips with the true nature of God and His character." — Lance Quinn

"Wayne points the reader to God by surveying His attributes, not merely in the abstract, but as practical comfort for hurting souls. He expounds Scripture while effectively weaving in biblical examples, and real-life cases from his vast experience as a counselor." — Jim Newheiser


Wayne Mack lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he serves as a pastor-elder with his son-in-law and teaches biblical counseling at Strengthening Ministries Training Institute to pastors and aspiring pastors in the region. He also spends about six weeks in the USA teaching at various churches. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children and numerous grandchildren.